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1 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you are not a business or engineer student or in-state, do not go here. It was a huge mistake which is why I recently transferred. Although I cannot speak of the entire student body most out-of-state students and many in-state students came off as arrogant and rude. It was certainly not a welcoming or diverse environment.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Party life is pretty great as long as you know where to go. I love partying with friends!

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene on campus us one of the best. The parties are the best way to let loose and be yourself. The best parties are thrown at the top-tier frat houses but those are sometimes hard to get into.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The parties are fun but it's really hard not to get in trouble with the police about it.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: if you want to go out--you can. i participate in greek life so i usually went to frat parties, bars and tailgates. however, many of my independent friends found parties with ease. on friday and saturday nights there are usually an abundance of open frat parties. it is usually easier for girls to get in than guys though.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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Michigan nightlife varies depending on age and membership in social organizations. Students attend a mix of frat parties, house parties, and bars. Most Ann Arbor bars are reserved for upperclassmen and grad students, as they tend to be 21 and up. Members of the Greek community can be found at frat parties, which, depending on the night, are sometimes open to the rest of the student body. House parties are popular among non-Greek students, as many students seek off-campus housing following their freshman year. Students rave about Michigan's nightlife, saying that no matter who you are, you can always find something to do on the weekends. Your best bet is to attend an open frat party, as they are the best way to socialize, and meet new people—plus, drinks and entertainment are free. The state's new medical amnesty policy helps create a safe atmosphere in the case of underage drinking, but students should always remember to party responsibly.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Downtown Ann Arbor
Other Places to Check Out
  • Alley Bar
  • Aut Bar
  • Babs' Underground Lounge
  • Bar Louie
  • The Blue Leprechaun
  • Brown Jug
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Good Time Charley's
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Century Club
  • Flip cup
  • Kings
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • www.michigan.org
  • www.michigandaily.com
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
BTB Cantina
Organization Parties
Fraternities hold parties all of the time; these are probably one of the most popular nightlife options for students of all ages.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Necto Nightclub

This is an 18-and-up dance club known for themed nights.

516 E. Liberty St.

Ann Arbor

(734) 994-5436

www.necto.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Dominick's

Across the street from the Law Quad sits Dominick's, lauded as one of the favorite bars in town. Only open from March until October, the outdoor patio/garden in the back and the large outdoor porch in front are packed when the weather is nice. Known for its sangria, great microbrews, and good food, Dominick's is a hit. On a beautiful spring day, expect the place to be packed with students enjoying every second of sunshine they can. It's truly a unique place that is always a great time. Go early because it closes at 10 p.m.

812 Monroe St.

Ann Arbor

(734) 662-5414

Rick's American Café

611 Church St.

Ann Arbor

(734) 996-2747

ricksamericancafe.com

Scorekeepers Sportsgrill & Pub

Close to Michigan Theater, Scorekeepers is hopping on Thursdays, but the best drink specials are on the weekends when you can get either $2 well drinks or $2 bottles of beer. This place generally features good dancing and a good time.

310 Maynard St.

Ann Arbor

(734) 995-0100

Ashley's

Steps from the Diag, Ashley's is a great spot to grab a beer and some great bar food. It's very chill and usually full of grad students.

338 S. State St.

Ann Arbor

(734) 996-9191

www.ashleys.com

BTB Cantina

This 18-and-up burrito bar has a small adjacent dance floor.

1140 S. University Ave.

Ann Arbor

(734) 222-3715

www.btbburrito.com

Conor O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub

Located on Main Street, four blocks from campus, Conor O'Neill's is a great Irish pub. Go there for great beer from around the world, but don't expect it to be cheap.

318 S. Main St.

Ann Arbor

(734) 665-2968

www.conoroneills.com

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

The Necto

Go to house parties, drive to Windsor, Ontario, or you can usually get into the Necto—just be prepared to have a big stamp put on your hand by an even bigger bouncer.

516 E. Liberty

Ann Arbor

(734) 994-5436

www.necto.com/flash.html

Student Polls

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 103 responses

  • 24% House parties
  • 22% Greek Life
  • 19% Tailgates
  • 10% Friends
  • 9% Bars
  • 7% I don't go to parties.
  • 5% Anywhere. Depends on your preference.
  • 3% Co-Ops
  • 2% Clubs

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 77 responses

  • 0% Sunday
  • 0% Monday
  • 0% Tuesday
  • 1% Wednesday
  • 9% Thursday
  • 62% Friday
  • 27% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 208 responses

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  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 134 responses

  • 63% Walk.
  • 12% Taxis.
  • 4% Public transportation.
  • 16% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 4% Use a designated driver.
  • 1% There are no good options.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 103 responses

  • 34% Football Saturday
  • 32% All of the above
  • 27% Welcome Week and Welcome Back Week
  • 4% There's never not a party
  • 3% St. Patricks Day

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 208 responses

  • 11% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 64% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 21% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 0% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 4% Parties? What parties?

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